News Case Study: Multifamily Defect Laws and Housing Production


Housing Affordability Institute released a new case study today examining the impact of multifamily defect laws and housing production.

In 2017, the Minnesota Legislature reformed its condo-townhome construction defect law. Builders and developers hoped the reforms would reduce frivolous and unjustified lawsuits but say the reforms did not go far enough.

“Digging into the data, we can see that the reforms passed in Minnesota in 2017 did not go far enough in opening the market of for-ownership multifamily construction,” said Nick Erickson, executive director of Housing Affordability Institute. “As other states look to pass multifamily construction defect reforms, they should use this report to see that leaving too much on the table can lead to a law in which not much changes.”

Download “Case Study: Multifamily Construction Defect Reform in Minnesota“ in our Policy Center.